I will be going to KHMR for the third straight year. I have skied Colorado, Utah, California, Whistler, etc, and have found Kicking Horse to be the best skiers mountain anywhere. No whimps here, after 2 hours, I took a lesson for the first time in 26 years of skiing. It helped. Just learning how to deal with steep chutes and the double diamond traverses were worth the price. The steeper and knarlier the chute, the deeper the pow below. The mountain does not get crowded as it is controlled by 1 gondola from bottom to top. You can ski vast bowls and be completely alone. A powder day is a day and not just an hour. Any crowds make for a line up at the gondola, but it is worth the wait. At the top of the mountain, it all spreads out with 50% of the skiers taking the easy way down. Not many restaurants, and I have been too tired to sample the night life. The secret is getting out. Much of the mountain is like back country skiing which is also available if you want to take a moderate hike. Sunshine and Lake Louise do not compare. This mountain is steep top to bottom and it is really steep. Locals are great. Beware of the Quebec skiers, they will only speak French but they understand everything you are saying. If they know you don' speak French, they will ignore you and glare at you like you are son of sam.
Take Jackson Hole, add 50% more terrain take out 90% of the people and lifts and you have Kicking Horse